Hunters always talk and dream of finding themselves “in the middle of nowhere,” but rarely arrive at that destination. Even that little rock in the middle of the Bering Sea has wireless. Not here. Real duck hunters find the middle of nowhere in Argentina’s wild northern tier, where the Rio Salado River winds through the second largest wetland in this country. Step back in time to the 1850s and this is what the Lower Mississippi River Delta may have looked like before the Big Muddy was diked, dammed, degraded. This is a different kind of Argentina duck hunt. Inconvenient, slightly labor intensive…you know, like actual duck hunting.
Referenced hunt: Rio Salado Argentina duck hunt
While there’s absolutely nothing illegal or untoward about the common South American custom of corning, some hunters prefer the uncertainty supplied by un-baited, free-range ducks. The few Argentina duck hunting destinations that cater to such hunters are well off the beaten path, but they make up for in adventure what they may lack in predictability. “How good can it be?” Ramsey Russell asked rhetorically. “Let me put it this way. When I die, I want my ashes scattered here. But in a wet year.”
Referenced hunt: Argentina duck hunting Rio Salado
But this isn’t the story about a man who escaped death but lost what he loved to do most in life. Because Ramsey Russell didn’t just survive – he stared death in the face and lived, overcame the odds and has spent his adulthood creating new cultural experiences by doing what he loves – traveling the world and hunting ducks. READ FULL STORY: Hunting the World: Duck Hunter from Mississippi Traverses the World
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Many people go their entire lives never knowing that duck hunting is not just about dead ducks. We hunters know. Destination hunting is not only about a trophy; it’s about the immersive experience of playing the game. Real hunting. It’s the simple reminder of what we’ve experienced that those feathered trophies shimmering in our game rooms most represent. FULL STORY: Trophies of Feather Duck Hunting Adventures
The king eider has become the Holy Grail of hardcore duck hunters and waterfowl collectors. A location has emerged where bagging king eiders is virtually guaranteed, but it’s nearly 800 miles from Anchorage in the middle of the Bering Sea.
The hunting takes place December and January, when kings are drawn to lines of custom decoys behind boats weather permitting. The best Alaska King Eider Hunting trips are booked by Ramsey Russell’s GetDucks.com (contact 601.214.9737, email@example.com).
Referenced Hunt: Alaska King Eider Hunting
All the world is a hunt camp. Or at least that was the feeling as I walked the aisles at the Safari Club International’s annual convention, held earlier this month in Las Vegas. Mongol outfitters with brochures on hunting with eagles sat two stalls down from a fly-in operation specializing in Yukon moose. There were layout hunts for graylag geese in Iceland, mountain hunts for snow sheep in Kamchatka, and more African adventures than you can shake an assegai at. Of all the incredible hunts I learned about at SCI, these six struck me as the most far-flung, the most exotic—the wildest. Some (O.K. one) are surprisingly affordable. Others cost more than a Maserati. All will have you dreaming about international adventure. Read online story: Six Wildest Hunting Adventures at SCI
Referenced Hunt: Russia Capercaillie Hunting
The best 3 hunts in life are the first, the last and the next. Many hunters may even say that their favorite duck is the next one over the decoys, but the universal aura of wildfowling is seducing free-to-go-anywhere-in-the-fenceless-sky-they-damned-well-choose birds to within about 100 feet. It’s how the game is played. Great hunts don’t happen by accident either. Understanding waterfowl’s life habits is paramount; skillfully using tools of the trade is essential. As our understanding grows so too does the world around us. Waterfowl are migratory and we eventually find ourselves compelled to new areas, to species unobtainable in our own back yards. There are about 50 doable waterfowl species in North America alone. And suddenly it becomes a real big world.
The rules of the game remain the same, but the playing fields change while hunting myriad waterfowl species worldwide. From 16,000 feet in the mountains to below sea level in levee-protected settings, and from the river red gum swamps of the South Pacific to ravaging seas near the Arctic Circle, there exists a spectacular variety of waterfowl. Many people go their entire lives never knowing that it’s not just about dead ducks. We hunters know better. Destination hunting is not only about a trophy; it’s an immersive experience of playing the game. It’s the simple reminder of what we’ve experienced that those feathered trophies shimmering in our game rooms most represent.
Great duck hunting conversations among client-friends at campfires and dinner tables around the world, usually revolve around hunting the bread-and-butter mallards, pintails, honkers and woodies that we all cut our teeth on. Following is a sampling of not-so-common gamebirds from around the world that sparked many long-lasting friendships.
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Ramsey Russell’s GetDucks.com singularly has become the go-to resource for gamebirds of the world enthusiasts. Their motto, “it’s duck season somewhere,” means everywhere. “As genuine American duck hunters, we’ve built an enviable reputation for the best duck hunts in Argentina, Mexico, and elsewhere,” says Ramsey. Our Alaska King Eider Hunts are extremely popular at convention among North American waterfowl species collectors, but there’s an entire world of unique species and memorable experiences. Australia is among the newest additions to a growing line-up now encompassing 6 continents and exclusive waterfowl hunting destinations such as Sweden, Netherlands, Mongolia and more.
Argentina duck hunting. The showstoppers—the mallards of Argentina—are rosybills. They’re big and noisy and work into decoys just like greenheads, even though they’re divers, closely related to bluebills and canvasbacks. The multiple species of teal here still spring skyward when you shoot into them. Chilean wigeon whistle and laugh and commit from out of the clouds like their American cousins; yellow-billed pintails circle and tantalize, just like a flock of northern sprigs.
I had envisioned pushovers, ducks that we could kill with tennis rackets while standing in the decoys…Read more: STUDY ABROAD
Referenced hunt: Argentina duck hunting at Las Flores